A meeting of the UCU Higher Education Committee has decided that all branches of UCU are to be reballoted for future possible industrial action around their wages and conditions campaign. This would allow the renewal of a mandate for strike action and action short of a strike once their original mandate ends on May 3rd.
Colleagues will know that under the anti-Trade Union legislation instigated by previous governments, in order for a union branch vote to count, over 50 percent of all members must vote by post. On both recent occasions the UCU local branch although it registered over 40 percent voting, did not hit the 50 percent mark.
The new ballot will open on March 16th and close on April 8th, and the UCU will be holding a special on-line meeting on Wednesday 16th at 11 am to consider our campaign to break over the 50 percent imposition this time.
All UCU members should look out for an invite to the meeting from Lyle Gray UCU branch secretary.